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Steel-blue Cricket Hunter

Chlorion aerarium

Description:

Blue/purple metallic colored wasp was found dead on the trail. The wings are the same color as the body. "A large, active, blue-black wasp with irridescent blue wings. Frequents flowers for nectar and buildings for nest sites." - BugGuide

Habitat:

Trail in riparian oak area. This species is found "from southern Canada to Mexico" - BugGuide

Notes:

"Although generally not closely associated with humans, they are found wherever their hosts (Gryllus crickets) are found, which could include close proximity to homes (though not so much as Sceliphron and Chalybion). Chlorion is usually found in open areas such as meadows, overgrown fields, dunes, beach edges, etc., although they may not necessarily hunt in the same habitat as they nest." - BugGuide

1 Species ID Suggestions

BugEric
BugEric 9 years ago
Steel-blue Cricket Hunter
Chlorion aerarium Species Chlorion aerarium - Steel-blue Cricket Hunter - BugGuide.Net


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6 Comments

Thank you!

BugEric
BugEric 9 years ago

Headless Chlorion aerarium. Blue mud daubers are hairier, smaller, and not nearly as bright blue.

Sukaina
Sukaina 9 years ago

bright pretty color
very nice

Thank you all. I was sad that it was dead but the color was amazing to see on the trail!

Thank you also for the ID suggestions. It looks like C. californicum is a great match! We do have Ampulex in the states but not that species.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Love that color!

Wow Cindy this is a beautiful find !

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 24, 2012

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